FIFA ban: Siasia says legal team preparing his defence, urges for calm

Ex-Nigeria International, Samson Siasia Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia on Saturday appealed for calm over news of his life ban from the game by world football governing body FIFA on Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Siasia was banned for life from the game following a match-fixing probe by FIFA. Siasia, who spoke to newsmen in Abuja through an associate, Prince Opukiri Jones-Ere at the main bowl of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, said the matter was currently being looked into by his lawyer. The former…

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Kano Pillars sign 6 new players, place 6 on transfer

‎Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Kano Pillars, on Friday said it signed six players ahead of 2019/20 new season.‎ The Media Officer of the club, Idris Malikawa, disclosed this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) on Friday in Kano.‎ Malikawa said that the club had already completed their registration in compliance with the League Management Company (LMC) directive. “We have added quality players to our team to provide the necessary steel that was lacking last season and with these new ones we are certain…

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Match fixing: FIFA bans former Super Eagles coach Siasia for life

Samson Siasia Former Nigeria national team coach Samson Siasia has been banned from the game for life following a match-fixing probe by world governing body FIFA. FIFA said in a statement on Friday that the adjudicatory chamber of their independent Ethics Committee found that Siasia was “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics’’. The 51-year-old Siasia played 51 times as a striker for the Nigerian national team and later coached various national youth…

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Rohr lines up Iheanacho, Ajayi, Ebuehi, 20 others for Ukraine friendly

Kelechi Iheanacho back to Super Eagles Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has called up 23 players for the team’s international friendly with the Senior National Team of Ukraine scheduled for Dnipro Arena on Sept. 10. Ademola Olajire, Director of Communications at Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said in a statement on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia-based team skipper Ahmed Musa heads the list of invited players. “Tyronne Ebuehi, who as a result of injury missed the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals where Nigeria won bronze, has been recalled after…

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Golden Eaglets begin camping in Abuja for Brazil 2019

Salisu Nakande was in the Golden Eagles team that won the first FIFA Under 16 World Cup in China in 1985 Five-times champions Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja got their camping programme for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup finals holding in Brazil from Oct. 26 to Nov. 17. The Golden Eaglets had picked a ticket to the competition after finishing among the top four teams at the Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania in April. “Head Coach Manu Garba has called up 52 players who were expected to arrive…

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First female referee to officiate Super Cup not afraid of intense spotlight

Ref. Stephanie Frappart Stephanie Frappart said she will prove that female officials are as competent as their male counterparts when she becomes the first woman to officiate a major UEFA competition final. The French will officiate the game between Liverpool and Chelsea in the Super Cup on Wednesday. Frappart, 35, will be assisted by her French compatriot Manuela Nicolosi and Ireland’s Michelle O’Neill. The trio have worked together at bigger matches . They were in charge of this year’s Women’s World Cup final in France – but there is no…

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Tearful Serena retires injured in Rogers Cup final in Toronto

Serena Williams’ first U.S. Open tune-up ended in dramatic fashion as the tearful American was forced to retire with a back injury on Sunday. She quit while trailing Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu 3-1 in the Rogers Cup final. Williams, who hopes to chase a record-equalling 24th career Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, seemed fine on court. But she suddenly sat crying in her chair before deciding to retire 19 minutes into the match with back spasms. “I’m sorry I couldn’t do it today. I tried but I just…

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Liverpool thump Norwich 4-1 in Premier League opener

Liverpool manager, Kloop European champions Liverpool made an emphatic start to the new Premier League season by handing promoted Norwich City a 4-1 thrashing at Anfield on Friday. Liverpool, who finished a point behind champions Manchester City last season, grabbed a seventh minute lead when Norwich captain Grant Hanley, while attempting to clear a low cross from the left by Divock Origi, sliced the ball into his own goal. Mo Salah doubled the lead in the 19th with a characteristic left-foot finish from a tight angle after a nice set-up…

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Arsenal to sell Nigeria star, Alex Iwobi to Everton for £34m

Nigeria’s football star, Alex Iwobi Everton have agreed to sign forward Alex Iwobi from Arsenal in a deal worth up to £34m. Iwobi came through the ranks at the Gunners, playing 149 times and scoring 15 goals. The Nigeria forward is Marco Silva’s seventh summer signing. Iwobi will join fellow new arrivals goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, defender Djibril Sidibe, midfielders Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and striker Moise Kean. Everton had an initial bid of £30m turned down but their improved offer – reported to be an initial £28m,…

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Esperance declared 2018/2019 CAF Champions League winners

Tunisian club Esperance were declared the 2018/2019 African Champions League winners on Wednesday in Cairo, Egypt. This was after the disciplinary committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) found opponents Wydad Casablanca guilty of abandoning the second leg game of the final round in May. This reverses an earlier decision by the CAF executive committee to order a replay of the second leg, in which the Moroccan side refused to play on after a VAR controversy. Both clubs had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which…

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